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Catacombe di San Gennaro & San Gaudioso

Visit the Catacombs of Naples Italy - Tours & Tickets

Naples Catacombs

Catacombs are located in various places below the city of Napoli. You can visit the Naples catacombs of San Gennaro and the catacombs of San Gaudioso.

Info & Tickets Catacombe di San Gennaro & San Gaudioso

Location
  • Catacombe di San Gennaro: Near the Basilica del Buon Consiglio, Via Capodimonte, 13 (1800 meters walk from metro stop 'Museo', but also accessible by various city buses)
  • Catacombe di San Gaudioso: Basilica Santa Maria della Sanità, Piazza Sanità, 14 (900 meters walk from metro stop 'Museo')
Tickets

Attention: You buy a ticket that allows you to visit both Naples catacombs within 12 months. It is only possible to visit the catacombs with a guided tour, so we always recommend that you book your tickets in advance at one of the two locations. If you want to visit just one of them, San Gennaro is the best choice.

  • Combi ticket with reservation of guided tour Catacombs of San Gennaro 9 € (book tickets online)
  • Combi ticket with reservation of guided tour Catacombs of San Gaudioso 9 € (book tickets online)
  • 6 - 18 years 5 € and students / 65+ 6 €
  • Free entrance under 6 years

Book your tickets

Hours
    San Gennaro
  • Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (last admission 5:00 pm)
  • San Gaudioso
  • Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (last admission 1:00 pm)

Catacombe di San Gennaro & San Gaudioso

Naples is a city with a lot of history and a city that is characterized by the different layers that you can find under the city. The layers each represent a piece of history. The city's past resurfaces under various parts of the present city. Outside the original city you will also find ancient catacombs of which the catacombs of San Gennaro and the catacombs of San Gaudioso can be visited with a guided tour.

Catacombs of San Gennaro

The Catacombs of San Gennaro were probably and initially the tombs of a noble family. The system carved out of the tuff dates back to the 2nd century AD. Subsequently, the tombs were made available to the Christian community. Expansions of the first floor followed in the 4th century ('the basilica') after the burial of the remains of Naples' first patron, Saint Agrippinus.

The upper space of the catacomb is also known as the burial place of the bishops and became especially known after its expansion with the remains of martyr San Gennaro in the fifth century. The presence of this martyr turned the upper catacomb into a place of pilgrimage and a coveted burial ground. The catacombs of San Gennaro have much larger spaces compared to the Roman catacombs. The reason for this is the machinability and strength of the tuff.

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Catacombe di San GennaroFresco in the Catacombe di San Gennaro

Catacombs of San Gaudioso

Gaudiosus of Naples (Napoli) or Gaudiosus the African was bishop of Abitinia, Tunisia in the 5th century AD. How he got into Naples was a coincidence. Gaudioso refused to convert to Arianism, so King Genseric of Tunisia put him on a boat without oars and sails and ended up in Naples. He died in Naples between 451 and 453 AD and was buried outside the city walls. His burial place soon began to arouse much devotion. From that time on, the underground Christian cemeteries expanded and gradually the catacombs of San Gaudioso arose. The fresco work you will see dates from the 5th or 6th century. Another interesting detail is the presence of two candlesticks, which you often find in African performances.

Guided tour of the catacombs?

Both catacombs can only be visited with a guided tour. With the admission ticket that you receive at the entrance, you can also visit the other catacombs for free within 12 months. If you are only in Naples for a short time and you have to make a choice between the different Naples catacombs, we recommend the slightly larger catacombs of San Gennaro. Book your tour here:


Where are the Naples catacombs?

The Catacombs of San Gennaro lie at the foot of the Capodimonte Park. The catacombs of San Gaudiose are one kilometer away (closer to the old town centre) and can be easily reached by following the Corso Amedeo de Savoia road back to the old town.

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